This is part of the series of back-to-school posts which will continue into August to help you and your little ones prepare for the annual September routine. Click the “school” tag for more.
If you’re fortunate enough to live close to your child’s school, consider the healthy, environmentally-friendly and fun way to get there and back every day: walking or riding your bike.
Seems like there’s not much to think about for the short jaunt, but some key safety tips could prevent more accidents.
Remember these tips when walking to school:
- Walk to school with your child until they are comfortable with their route.
- Make sure your kids never walk alone. If a stranger or car approaches, RUN!
- Only cross at approved crosswalks. Always look both ways before crossing the street.
- Walk on the sidewalks only and never in between cars. If there are no sidewalks, walk toward oncoming traffic, so that you can see them coming.
And if you choose to bicycle to school:
- Make sure to wear a properly fitting helmet. Read our Rules of the Road post.
— Erica Surman, RN, BSN, Pediatric Trauma Program Manager, Beaumont Health System